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How Water Recovery Works and Why It Matters

1 June 2023

The pressure for businesses to reduce water usage

As businesses face increasing pressure to reduce water usage and comply with changing regulations, many are turning to water recovery as a solution. But what exactly is water recovery, and how does it work? In this article, we'll explore the basics of water recovery, the reasons behind its growing popularity, and the benefits it can bring to businesses.

What is water recovery?

Water recovery is the process of treating and reusing wastewater, either within a facility or as a source of reclaimed water. This can involve several different treatment processes, depending on the quality of the wastewater and the intended end use. Some common treatment processes include physical, chemical, and biological treatments.

Stringent discharge regulations and water recovery

There are several reasons why water recovery is becoming increasingly important for businesses. Firstly, changing well water permits and restrictive discharge regulations are making it more difficult for businesses to access and dispose of water. This is driving up costs and putting pressure on businesses to find new ways to manage their water usage. Also, possible new extensions of your plant can be hold back due to discharge norm regulation if the business does not start implementing water reuse. Water recovery offers a solution by allowing businesses to treat and reuse their wastewater, reducing their dependence on freshwater sources and decreasing the amount of wastewater that needs to be discharged.

Secondly, with higher water demand and less water available, water prices are on the rise, making it more expensive for businesses to access and use water. By implementing water recovery systems, businesses can reduce their reliance on expensive freshwater sources and instead use reclaimed water for non-potable purposes such as irrigation, CIP water; or cooling water.

Finally, there is a growing expectation among consumers that businesses will prioritize sustainable water usage. This movement is now everywhere. By implementing water recovery systems, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and reduce their environmental impact.

Every wastewater treatment plant can become a water source factory! Start protecting our fragile eco-system and cope with soaring costs for sourcing water.

How does water recovery work?

The process of water recovery typically involves several stages of treatment. First, the wastewater is collected and sent to a treatment facility where it undergoes physical, chemical, and/or biological treatments to remove contaminants and impurities. To implement water reuse different membrane technologies are used starting with an ulftra-filtration to remove the suspended solids and follow by a reverse osmosis to produce high-quality reclaimed drinking water.

The ultra-filtration water can already be used for a variety of non-potable purposes such as irrigation water, some cleanings, or even toilet flushing. In most cases, businesses may also choose to treat reclaimed water to a higher standard to make it suitable for potable use. Such as process water, CIP waters or even ingredient water. In this case, Waterleau’s AQUALITY® reverse osmosis and AQUALITY ® high recovery reverse osmosis provide the highest recovery yield and can be integrated in the water technology train.

What are the benefits of water recovery?

Implementing water recovery systems can bring several benefits to businesses.

  1. Firstly, water recovery will reduce water usage and lower water bills, impacting P&L of operations.
  2. Water recovery will also help your business to comply with changing regulations and permit requirements, avoiding fines and penalties for non-compliance.
  3. Finally, it can improve your business's environmental footprint, demonstrating your commitment to sustainability and responsible water usage.


Every wastewater treatment plant can become a water source factory! Waterleau provides a complete set of solutions to protect our fragile eco-system and to cope with soaring costs for sourcing water. We are committed to help industries to treat wastewater and to recover up to 95% water from wastewater. Recovering drinking water and process water from wastewater becomes the obvious choice when it comes to sustainable water use.

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